Trefonen to Llanymynech, Offa’s Dyke – Day 9

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A short walk today, as I have the long drive home.

It is hard to believe that Trefonen was once known for its coal mining and brickmaking. The miners used to be paid at the Barley Mow, the local pub and home of Offa’s Dyke Brewery.

We stop for coffee at the Post Office and collect some snacks for the walk. Heading out of the village,( we are conveniently parked by the signpost). A gradual climb up to y Moelydd, where we are rewarded with a 360 degree view. A toposcope identifies each vista.

What goes up must come down – we head down the hill, reaching a sign for ice cream at a farmhouse, then a small ruin.

The nature reserve at Jones Rough is dark and over grown, a bit uneven underfoot. We quickly head down the pleasant village of Nantmawr, along Cefn Lane we stop for a picnic lunch and are soon joined by our friend from Nantes and partner.

Traces of the Tenant Light railway can be seen, before a flic flack of road crossing and crossing a large field we come to the track in front of a style guarded by the prettiest of Jersey cows. With a bit of shooing we manage to get off the style and are then followed across the field by some 30 nosey cows.
Through a copse and beyond we eventually skirt the golf course at Llanymynech and beyond to Llanymynech Rocks, a nature reserve straddling the Wales/England border.

Some confusion with the signs here, but we are soon heading out of the reserve and soon heading down into Llanymynech

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